Microgrid to power Aruba

A Caribbean island is adopting microgrid technologies as part of its clean energy strategy to become fossil-fuel free.The Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba will use ABB‘s microgrid to harness wind and solar power to create a sustainable electricity system for a…

Small tropical islands could become the world’s first 100% renewable nations

We’ve heard a lot about urgent climate action from “world leaders” in developed countries, yet actual concrete achievements have been limited. The rich world may soon be shown up by small, tropical island nations which have plenty of wind and…

Bonaire’s Electricity System Transformation

Bonaire is a small island off the coast of Venezuela, famous for its beautiful marine reefs attracting 70,000 tourists every year. However, what many of the tourists do not realize is that the majority of the electricity powering their needs comes from renewable energy.…

The Road to Renewable Islands

Since 2012, the Ten Island Challenge has garnered much attention from clean energy stakeholders in the Caribbean. It is the brainchild of Richard Branson, the Carbon War Room and Christiana Figueres, Executive Director of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC),…

Renewable Energy in the Caribbean: Current Trends and Lessons from History

Island regions are largely dependent on imported oil for power generation. Local governments support renewable sources to limit exposure to volatile oil markets, but barriers hinder the development of a strong renewable energy sector. In an article in Energy Policy, Rebekah Shirley and Daniel Kammen…